This week in Winning Post

Hawkesbury trainer Garry White was hoping to pick up the rich Provincial Final with smart three-year-old Generalissimo at The Championships but had to settle for the listed South Pacific Classic.

This Saturday the focus switches to White's home track, where he'll be hoping to add more black type to Generalissimo's CV in the Hawkesbury Guineas, one of a number of features on the metro-class card, which also includes the Hawkesbury Gold Cup, the Darley Crown., the Gold Rush and the Claret Stakes.

Elsewhere, crack colt Doubt I'm Dreaming will make his second and final appearance as a two-year-old in the Redoute's Choice Stakes at Caulfield, while the SA and Queensland carnivals continue to warm up with black-type meetings at morphettville and Eagle farm respectively.

Can Generalissimo be stopped? Joel Marshalls Hawkesbury preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Cranbourne night meeting, plus the daytime action at Benalla and Goulburn as well as fields, colours and selections for Port Macquarie and Yeppoon.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Hawkesbury in NSW, Morphettville in Adelaide, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Ararat (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Dalby (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Tamworth Cup day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 6, while elsewhere in the paper Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post April 29 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Cranbourne (night), Benalla, Goulburn
Caulfield, Hawkesbury, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Ararat (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Dalby (Qld edition)
Geelong, Tamworth, Sunshine Coast, Devonport
A race across the Harbour Bridge?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Morphettville Saturday - R7 N10 Domesticated 14th
Morphettville Saturday - R8 N6 So You Too 3rd
Caulfield Saturday - R9 N7 Kazio 7th
Letter of the Week

Losing battle

Can someone explain why Australian jockeys have to race a couple of kilos lighter than in many other jurisdictions?
In 1991 jockey Peter Cook had a heart attack in the sauna at the Canberra track, so race club saunas were banned. Yet even after that $1.3 million payout, and the legal precedent it set, 26 years later Australian racing authorities still cling to a near world-lowest weight scale, and allow dehydration as a means for jockeys to lose weight.
Brains need water to function. Little wonder jockeys sometimes have brain fades under pressure.
Heavyweight jockeys tell us how they dress in a plastic bag, plus three layers of clothing, then go running, or drive to the races with the heater on maximum.
Aren’t they taught body overheating can be fatal?
Safety in races — and the car — is paramount. Dehydration is a temporary solution, which only works on race day.
On off days, besides risking their health, jockeys torture themselves for nought, as the body automatically saves moisture, regaining all that “lost” weight as soon as they drink.
Maybe some heavyweight jocks do need to look for another vocation, but a half-kilo rise every two years for 10 years would give male jocks a fighting chance to make their weight and live healthily.
If nothing is done, male jockeys may soon be the minority.


John Tutty
Wangaratta (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: